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Get Shorty (1995)



Average Rating: 8.2/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 0

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A mobster travels to Hollywood to collect a debt and discovers that the movie business is much the same as his current job. Based on Elmore Leonards' 1990 novel of the same name.



Aug 27, 1997


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Hollywood has been in love with mobsters since the beginning of movies. But the other side of the equation has seldom been considered. That is, until now.

May 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Newsweek
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A drolly offbeat look at Hollywood mores dedicated to the proposition that the best preparation for becoming a film producer is a stint in the criminal underworld.

May 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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An entertaining comedy-thriller adapted by Scott Frank from the Elmore Leonard best-seller and directed with bounce (if not much nuance) by Barry Sonnenfeld.

May 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Everything clicks.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It's part of the joke here that Chili is a die-hard cineaste and loves reminiscing about smart, stylish tough-guy films he has enjoyed. Get Shorty belongs on that list.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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It's Travolta -- smooth, commanding, handsome as ever, a cool, rhythmic bop in his walk -- who owns the film.

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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A pleasing satire on gangsters, hustlers and Hollywood.

March 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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A freewheeling comedy-thriller with the gift of the gab.

May 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

This Hollywood is the one we want to believe exists: no film school snots here, no MBA's, no dock-worker philosophers-turned-screenwriters. Just a town full of second-rate swindlers where a clear-eyed racketeer can keep his eye on the ball and rise.

May 7, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A very cool, very fresh, very slick crime flick.

July 14, 2006 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

Sonnenfeld keeps all of this under two hours by cutting the movie at a dazzling clip.

September 24, 2005 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters seems clear that Get Shorty will appeal mostly to those familiar with the source material - as it has to be more coherent and fleshed out than this.

March 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

It's not an official masterpiece, but like Casablanca, it's a virtually flawless product of the Hollywood machine.

March 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Released in the shadow of Pulp Fiction, Get Shorty - for all its acclaim - has never received its due as one of the funniest Hollywood films of modern times.

February 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Has more than a few nasty quips directed at Hollywood and the vacuous, egotistical people who populate it.

January 13, 2004 Full Review Source:

I really never got into this. It's slow, some industry jokes are funny, but mostly really slow. Rene Russo looks great thoughh.

July 25, 2003

Not a bad Pulp Fiction rehash.

July 23, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

A complete delight. See it!

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

The characters in the film are off-beat and interesting. The dialogue is a pleasure to hear.

April 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Oh, how this picture satisfies.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix

"Get Shorty" isn't Quentin Tarantino watered down; it's Elmore Leonard done right.

October 30, 2002 Full Review
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Audience Reviews for Get Shorty

Miami gangster and film buff discovers Hollywood work is not that much different than work in the Mob, thank goodness. Travolta has fun playing a mobster who's playing a mobster ("... like inna movies!") who's dream is to play a movie mobster ("... like DeNiro or Pacino!") and Hackman, playing against type, is perfect as a nice guy only acting the part of a sleezeball producer. Everyone in this movie ( like Jerry Lewis maybe) is the star, the writer, the director and the producer of their own mental movie (like here at Flixster!). The only guy in this movie who doesn't want to be in the movies gets whacked in the end, sort've divine retribution. My fav scene has Travolta teaching DeVito how to act tough like a mobster.
September 15, 2011

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Chili Palmer: Rough business, this movie business. I'm gonna have to go back to loan-sharking just to take a rest.

After watching Get Shorty it seems like it should have been great. The story is there and the cast is there but it never seems to amount to anything above average. I hated the first half of the movie. Then once Danny DeVito's character is introduced it starts to pick up. The cast is great except for one actor who I don't like at all and that would be Dennis Farina. For some reason he just annoys the hell out of me.

The movie had a lot of potential, which is really annoying because the movie just wasn't that good. I have thee feeling I'm overrating this just because I really like Travolta and DeVito in this movie and I'm not a huge fan of either of them. As a comedy, Get Shorty really didn't work. There were no really funny parts or lines. It seems like every time gangsters get brought into comedy it turns out bad.
July 9, 2011
Melvin White

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Liked the ending but the movie itself was not that entertaining.
June 28, 2011
Dead Angel

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Get Shorty is probably the best example of a Gangster Comedy that I can think of. It has a great plot, interesting and bizarre characters, but mostly it does what it promises to do. This is a genuinely funny movie that showcases its amazing cast of John Travolta, Gene Hackman, Rene Russo and others. Chili Palmer is basically the stereotype for a slick Shylock, but he knows it and uses it to the advantage of audience. This is a movie that knows it's a movie, but still lets you have a very sustainable story about the entertainment business. There's some really odd moments, but they're purposefully done. Barry Sonnenfeld's idea here was to play around with Elmore Leonard's book and apply it to his unique sense of style. Now a lot of people call this a Tarantino knock-off, but chances are they have no idea what they're talking about. This is based off a work by the same writer as Jackie Brown, so that should be the only justifiable sense of deja vu. Get Shorty mostly finds its comedy in the fact that some of these characters try so hard to be intimidating or scary, but just come off as idiots. A lot of this is accomplished through the acting; John Travolta's great performance is seen through his ability to hit every joke and every character moment just right. Gene Hackman with his fake teeth and nutty getup makes him incredibly goofy, but in the best way possible. Now I think it takes some time to really understand what's going on in Get Shorty, especially due to its genre-bending quality. Given the chance, it's really fun and one of those movies that I can go back to over and over again and still find a lot to love.
June 1, 2011

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    1. Chili Palmer: [with a deadpan expression] Look at me!
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